A Basic to Advance Guide on Everything You Need to Know about Garage Door Remotes

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Overall home convenience is probably the goal of most, if not all, homeowners. Home automation and quick presses of a button are things that make life at home easier.

For those with garages, having a garage door opener and a remote control makes your everyday driving more convenient. There’s no need to jump out of your car to close or open the garage door. Even if you’re still at the curb, you can already open the garage door and drive towards the garage without a sweat.

If you don’t have a remote yet or want to know more about garage door opener remotes, then read on this guide.

Benefits of Garage Door Remote Controls

There are benefits to having a remote aside from the wall keypad entry that you have at home or a manual garage door.

First, these are added convenience. Just press your remote and open the garage door in an instant. You don’t have to get yourself soaked outside if it’s raining. Just drive towards the garage and get off safely inside the comfort of your home. A remote will also come in handy if you’re bringing the kids or the groceries home.

Remote controls are budget friendly. Some openers already come with a free remote and you may need to purchase extra for other members of the family. However, these won’t blow your budget and you can easily purchase one from your local home improvement store.

Type of Remote Controls

If you have not bought a garage door opener, it will be wiser to go for a remote that comes with the kit. Some garage door openers already come with a free remote. However, you might need another one for the rest of the family.

Remotes varies according to brands, the number of buttons, size, and where it’s usually placed.

  • This is the most common remote control for garage door openers. This usually comes in single or double buttons for a simpler use.
  • Universal remote. This is ideal if you have one or two different garage doors at home. You can use this on most of the garage door openers in the market and does not require that you have the same brand. This also works on garage lights, commercial door operator, and home lights if you are using any of these.
  • Keychain remotes. These are inexpensive remotes that you can keep with you. The great thing about keychain remotes is that these tend to be safer as you keep your remote close to you at all times. This prevents you from forgetting the remote anywhere which may be a security loophole
  • Visor clips. These remotes are usually left in the car and is suitable for those who lock themselves out of their garage. The only disadvantage of having a visor clip is that anyone can get access to your garage especially when your car is broken into.

Best Remote for Your Budget and Needs

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There are a variety of remote controls available in the market today. One of the best options is to purchase one from the same brand as your opener. This ensures that you won’t encounter operational problems in the future, especially if these are not compatible.

The number of buttons on the remote is also something that you should consider, especially if you have two or more different garage door opener units at home. This allows you to control all of the openers in one remote. This is also useful for remote-controlled home or garage lights.

A universal remote works best for older garage door openers wherein you’re unsure of the model. You can score universal remotes from your local retailer and the prices may vary depending on the brand.

There are also more expensive remotes that come with smartphone connection for added security. This allows you to connect to your opener and garage anytime you want and anywhere you are. Another pricey remote is one that has a lighting or appliance control kit. This might come in handy for those who want full control of the garage and can spare extra money on this feature.

How to Program Your New Remote

Programming or reprogramming your remote is an easy task that a homeowner should be familiar with. This strategy works for most brands of garage door openers.

  • Find the learn button. Remove the cover on your garage door opener and look for the learn button. Press this button.
  • Identify your preferred remote button. Within 30 seconds of pressing the learn button, identify the button on your remote that you want to program and press it. This button will now communicate with your garage door opener and open or close the door for you.
  • Success in blinks and clicks. If programming has been successful, you can hear two clicks or the light bulb on the opener will blink.
  • Test the remote. If you hear or see these signs, test out the remote if it responds to opening or closing the garage.

If you are reprogramming your garage door opener because of a lost remote, you can follow the same steps as above. Before proceeding, however, you need to clear all the information on the opener by hard pressing it for 30 seconds. This clears all the existing information so you can already program new remotes.

Basic Troubleshooting Tips

Like any electronic device, the remote may encounter problems later on. The most common problem with a garage door remote is when it is not responding to any pressing.

There can be a few reasons as to why this happens:

  • Change the batteries. If either the remote or the garage door opener is not responding, check the batteries. Replace it with fresh ones to rule out the battery problem. Once the batteries have been changed and the remote still does not work, proceed to the next step.
  • Inspect battery terminals. As you use the remote through the years and with constant battery replacement, this will be susceptible to the normal wear and tear. Dirty and worn contacts inside the battery case can also inhibit
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    electrical flow. If the contacts of the battery look pitted or wet, these need to be cleaned and dried out so the battery can power the remote. You may use a sandpaper to polish the contacts.

  • Check the safety beams. If you have changed the batteries and cleaned out the contacts yet the garage door opener is still not responding, you have to check the safety beams. Sometimes if the garage door does not open or close, it might be because of misaligned safety beams. Check if the beams are properly pointing towards each other and if these are clean. The constant movement of the garage door can misalign the beams.
  • There’s a problem with the garage door opener. Once you have followed the previous steps and the garage door opener does not respond to your remote, it might be a garage door opener problem. Inspect if the garage door opener has been plugged in and if there are no blown fuses. If the power supply seems to be working, call your local technician. There must be an internal problem with the opener.

You may follow these steps if you encounter situations wherein the remote control does not work on your garage door opener but your keypad works or if it only works in hot or cold weather.

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